Flacco: ‘I’m get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter’

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL SPORTS SIGHTS OF CECIL - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Nat­u­rally, one of the first ques­tions asked of Joe Flacco was where he is in the process of re­hab­bing his sur­gi­cal­lyre­paired left knee. His an­swer was quite lit­eral.

“Four months and a week,” the Bal­ti­more Ravens’ vet­eran quar­ter­back said Tues­day.

Flacco suf­fered the in­jury in a 16-13 home win over the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 22. He stayed on the field for three plays af­ter tear­ing his ACL and MCL to set up Justin Tucker’s game-win­ning field goal as time ex­pired.

Swelling in the knee pre­vented Flacco from un­der­go­ing surgery un­til Dec. 8, a lit­tle more than ‘four months and a week’ ago.

The Ravens never set a date for their vet­eran quar­ter­back to re­turn by.

“I’m get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. I still feel im­prove­ment week to week. We’ve never re­ally set a timeline out and said I’m go­ing to be back at ‘this point,’ but I think it’s still go­ing re­ally, re­ally well. Over the past three weeks, I’ve started to feel some big im­prove­ments so, I feel good about it,” Flacco said. “All I know is I want to be back for train­ing camp and be back for the sea­son and be ready to go, so I’m do­ing all I can to get to that point.”

Flacco is able to run and has be­gun throw­ing short passes again.

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“I can do every­thing pretty much; it’s just a mat­ter of how well I can do it and do I have a lit­tle limp here and there. We do lit­tle agility [drills]. It’s not like I’m run­ning full speed and cut­ting on it and things like that, but I have a good amount of things that I’m al­lowed to do,” he said. “I haven’t thrown a ton. I’ve stood 15 yards apart and kind of thrown here and there. I haven’t re­ally been too con­cerned with it yet, but it’s kind of get­ting into that time when I want to start do­ing it a lit­tle bit.”

Flacco, known for his arm strength, said he would like to be able to throw to some of his new tar­gets the team has ac­quired.

“I need to see how they run routes and throw a cou­ple gor­outes and see how far I can let it go,” he said.

As long as he meets his goal of re­turn­ing by train­ing camp, Flacco said that will be enough time to de­velop the nec­es­sary con­nec­tion.

Flacco called his range of mo­tion in the in­jured knee ‘ pretty good,’ but said it still tight­ens a bit as the week goes on. When he sits on the trainer’s ta­ble, he is able to pull it back to­ward him­self about as far as he can with his healthy right leg.

“I’m not a big brace-wearer, but I wear it just so I don’t hurt my­self,” he said. “Whether it’s in the train­ing room or on the field, jump­ing up on the boxes, lift­ing weights, I don’t feel a ton of ten­ta­tive­ness. But at the same time, there’s prob- ably a lit­tle bit in there just be­cause I think it’s prob­a­bly pretty nat­u­ral, or if I’m do­ing a move­ment for the first time, I’m not sure how it’s go­ing to re­act to it.”

Flacco has been cau­tious not to ne­glect the rest of his body while re­hab­bing his in­jured knee. He has spent most of his days this off­sea­son in the Un­der Ar­mour Per­for­mance Cen­ter re­ceiv­ing treat­ment with a hand­ful of other in­jured team­mates. That changed Mon­day with the be­gin­ning of Bal­ti­more’s off­sea­son work­out pro­gram.

“I was in a nice lit­tle rou­tine when it was just me and a cou­ple guys in the train­ing room,” Flacco said. “It was nice and quiet, and you could kind of go about your busi­ness. Now there are 60 guys here, and it’s a lit­tle bit tougher to do that.”

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BAL­TI­MORE RAVENS PHOTO

Bal­ti­more Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco squats as part of the re­hab process af­ter tear­ing his ACL and MCL in De­cem­ber.

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